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London Luton Airport


London Luton Airport

London Luton Airport is an international airport located 56.5 km, 35.1 miles north of Central London. It is the fourth-largest airport serving the London area after Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, and is one of London’s six international airports along with London City and Southend.

An airport was opened on the site in 1938 and during World War II, it was a base for Royal Air Force fighters. Following the war, the local council retained control and supported commercial activity at the airport.
Always a popular choice for budget airlines from the 1970s, it has suffered  through periods when such firms fold. However expansion has continued and a 40 million terminal was built-in the 1990s.

In 2013, just under 9.7 million passengers passed through the airport, making Luton the sixth busiest airport in the UK. It is used extensively by many of the budget airlines therefore  the vast majority of the routes served are within Europe, although there are some charter and scheduled routes to destinations in Northern Africa and Asia.

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Facilities include

Bars, Restaurants & Convenience Stores

Onward Travel Centre
The centre includes sales points for car hire, rail, coach and bus tickets and APCOA Car Parking payment machines.

Car Hire


Licensed Hackney Carriages are available from the rank outside the terminal in the Drop Off Zone.

International Currency Exchange (ICE)



First Capital Connect train at Luton Airport Parkway
Luton Airport Parkway was built in 1999 to serve the airport. It is located on the Midland Main Line from London St Pancras station.

First Capital Connect (FCC) is the primary operator, with services to the following principal population centres Bedford, St Albans, London, Wimbledon, Sutton, Gatwick Airport and Brighton.

East Midlands Trains (EMT) semi-fast services call hourly going south directly to London St Pancras and north to the following principal population centres Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering, Corby, Market Harborough, Leicester, Loughborough, Beeston and Nottingham.

A shuttle bus service connects the station to the airport, a distance of just over a mile. There is a charge for the service.


Local buses connect Luton Airport with Luton town centre and other nearby places. Direct bus services to London are operated by both Green Line Coaches and EasyBus (with service to Victoria Coach Station). National Express coaches link the airport to London Stansted Airport as well as destinations in the Midlands and north of England.

First Capital Connect FTR buses providing a link between the airport and Luton Airport Parkway railway station. This service runs every 10 minutes during the day and is branded as Train2Plane.

For more information visit the London Luton airport website here

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